This month, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic law will celebrate its 80th anniversary. On June 25, 1938, former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and made it into a law. When the law was signed, it marked the first regulation of cosmetics industry in the United States. Unfortunately, though the cosmetic industry is constantly changing, the law has not been updated since then.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans or restricts only 11 substances, compared to the more than 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted by the European Union. The Personal Care Products Safety Act, introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in May 2017, would reform the outdated cosmetics law and require companies to ensure that their products are safe before marketing them. The bill also gives the FDA the tools it needs to protect consumers.
To follow the campaign for safer cosmetics, search the hashtag #BeautyMadeBetter on social media. Click here to join the EWG in telling the senate it’s time to support safer cosmetics. To discover brands which brands contain harmful ingredients, which are EWG verified, and more, visit the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.